Fr Jim Cogley
Some of the most important phrases we will ever say are the shortest. There are few more powerful statements than "I love you" and "I'm sorry," but they are composed of only a few short words. That does not, however, diminish their importance. You should also use them every time they are true. If you love someone, tell them. If you hurt someone, apologize to them. Few things will do more to help bring healing than an honest apology. That said, if you do not mean your apology, do not say it. Wait until you truly understand what you did wrong or how you hurt the other person, then apologize. Just as there are few things more beneficial to healing than an honest apology, few things are more painful to hear than an empty or false apology.